Wednesday, 1 April 2020

How to make an Easy Impossible Card

Hello my friends

Crafting is usually my therapy and my craft room my happy place but I've not spent a lot of time in there recently.  I was a bit blasé about coronavirus up until a few weeks ago and have watched, in disbelief, the impact COVID 19 is having around the world. Since last Tuesday, here in the UK we've been staying home to help save lives! My heart goes out to all the families who have lost someone to this virus.

I've had a few wobbles and more than a little anxiety so to help me cope am restricting the amount of news I watch and focus on being positive. I'm staying in touch with family and friends, making a lot of video calls - isn't technology wonderful - it's comforting being able to see people and can't wait to give everyone a great big hug.

My March card classes were only a few weeks ago (before the chaos) but it feels like longer and today I'm sharing one of the cards we made - an easy impossible card that fits into a 5" x 7" envelope.
We used some designer series paper from my stash for class - this is my sample. The base is Flirty Flamingo. The embellishments are made with the Medium Daisy punch (two layered), sponged with Lovely Lipstick and I stamped the leaves in Soft Seafoam ink with a stamp from Painted Harvest before using the Leaf punch with Clear Faceted Gems for the centre of the flowers. The sentiment from Piece of Cake and is stamped in Crumb cake.
I gave my ladies two options as there wasn't enough paper for everyone to do the same. I'm not sure which is my favourite! The second base is Soft Sea Foam and sentiment from Label Me Bold stamped in Lovely Lipstick. This time the edges of the daisy are sponged and the centre of the flower is a gold faceted gem.
Below is the card I gave my Mum for Mother's Day and when I shared a photo on my Instagram my sister-in-law, Tina, asked me to do a tutorial.
These are the templates I made to show my class how to cut and score the card base and pretty designer series paper. I made another base template from acetate to make cutting the card easier. Just hold in place with some washi tape and cut where the lines are - easy peasy! You can watch a video below to see what I mean.
So for the tutorial, I used Old Olive and Whisper White card with Bird Ballad designer series paper and Perennial Essence Velum
To make the card I used:-

Old Olive card cut @ 4 ½" x 6 ½"  and  1" x 4 ½"
Designer Series Paper cut @ 3 1⁄8" x 4 3⁄8"  (2 pieces) and  7⁄8" x 4 3⁄8"
Whisper White card cut @ 2 1⁄⁄8" x 2 3⁄8"  (2 pieces) and some spare for the flowers
Daisy Punch
Old Olive Perennial Essence Velum
Leaf Punch
Label Me Bold stamp set
Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Pool Party ink pads
Clear Faceted Gems
Paper Snips, glue dots and multipurpose glue

On the short side draw a pencil line across the card @ 2 ¼".
On one long side cut just to the line @ 3 ¼
On the other long side cut @ 2" and 4 ½"
Score the centre line between the cuts.
Once you have made all the cuts and scored, just "flip" one side to create the impossible! It's that easy. Now layer with the paper and add embellishments.

I punched and layered two flower punched pieces to make each daisy and added Pool Party around the edges with a sponge dauber. The centre of the flowers is a clear faceted gem coloured with a black sharpie.

You can see the video below:-
If you would like to purchase any of the products used for this card simply click on the photos below to go to my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse but remember to use the current Host code if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me.

As always, thanks for popping by, stay safe and remember keep it crafty.

Lynnie C


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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Rainbow cards from left over strips .....

Hello and welcome back to my blog

I had intended to share more cards featuring the So Sentimental stamp set and Sweetly Stitched dies from Stampin' Up! today but wanted to show you how I made these two cards instead.
I don't know about you but when I cut mats and layers for cards, I always end up with thin strips of card. Of course I hate throwing them away - I reckon I'm a collector but my hubby says I've got hoarding tendancies 😂  you never know when something will come in handy eh! This is my pot of strips - I keep larger pieces too .....
Anyway, while prepping for my February classes, I had an idea about using the strips of whisper white for a cool background for cards. The strips are handy for sentiments but it was easy to add colour. So using inks from the Brights collection (Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point and Gorgeous Grape) I added colour by dragging the ink pads across the strips. I plan to use up my strips of coloured cardstock in a similar way
I did one colour a time and used a separate piece of scratch paper for each - I got a bit messy but I'm so happy with the result - I do love rainbows.
I added glue to a piece of copier paper cut @ 10.5cm x 14.8cm and then added the strips at an angle as you can see below. I cut off the excess and kept going until I had covered the whole piece.
I used my retired Large Letter dies (but you can use whatever you have) to cut the word from the background so I can use the background on one card and the letters on another - isn't it great when you get two cards from one piece.

Both card bases are thick whisper white cut @ 14.8cm x 21cm scored @ 10.5cm. On the first, I glued the background in place with multipurpose liquid glue and diecut each letter five times from whisper white, glued these together and then glued them in the spaces the original letters were cut from. The hearts are from the Stitched Labels dies and I white heat embossed the word "sending" on a scrap of basic black - the word is part of a stamp from the FREE (with an order of £45 during Sale-a-bration) Sending You Thoughts stamp set. 
It's hard to see but I added wink of stella to the hearts to make them sparkle and the word sending is popped up with a dimensional.
The rainbow letters are the focal point on my second card and are added to a piece of whisper white  cut @ 10cm x 14.3cm from which the letters are die cut for the first card. The layer was embossed with the Subtles embossing folder before being glued onto the base.
To make the letters stand out I cut and layer them from coloured card - another rainbow. A few basic rhinestones add a bit sparkle.
All the current products used are listed below. If you'd like to purchase any you can click on the items to go to my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse but remember to use the March Host code if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me in April.

If you're interested in becoming an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator let me know. Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join as you get special perks you won’t see any other time of year. Sign up before 31 March, and as well as being able to pick your own starter kit, you receive the mini paper cutter, a 15.2 x 15.2 cm (6" x 6") designer series paper sampler, and your choice of stamp set. 

I hope you enjoyed these project today. As always, thanks for popping by, come back soon and remember keep it crafty.

Lynnie C

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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Best Dressed DSP and the So Sentimental Bundle

Hello and welcome to my blog

Today I'm sharing one of the cards from my February classes. It's a clean and simple card that shows just how easy it is to create a card with some beautiful designer series paper and a few other bits and bobs!
The gorgeous paper is from the Best Dressed 6" x 6" DSP stack. Stampin' Up! papers are usually double sided and this pack has beautiful florals one side and graphics on the other. I picked Daffodil Delight for the card base to tie in with the centre of the flowers cut @ 14.8cm x 21cm and scored at 10.5cm. The DSP is cut 0.5cm smaller @ 10cm x 14.3cm leaving and small border. I used two of the shaped dies from the Stitched so Sweetly set; the largest in Melon Mambo and the top layer in whisper white. The sentiment is simply stamped in Old Olive. I used a small strip of pink glimmer paper from my stash to add a bit of sparkle. The double bow is made with two strands from the White Flax ribbon and three Frosted Epoxy shapes add the finishing touches.
I've made a video for the next card so you can see how quick and easy they are to make. It's the same layout as above but in this card I've used BlackBerry Bliss for the base and the strip is Sparkle glimmer paper which looks amazing.
I used different dies from the Stitched So Sweetly set; the larger one is cut from vellum. I heat emboss the sentiment on Purple Posy card (not Pink Posy as I say in the video) with clear emboss powder and Blackberry Bliss ink.  I love that we achieve any colour heat embossing with the inks we have and clear emboss powder. The Thank you is stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white emboss powder on a piece of BlackBerry Bliss then fussy cut.
The small strip of the same DSP on the inside ties it all together.
Click below to watch the video - I forgot to ask my husband to be quiet so you can hear him chating away to his Dad in the background, sorry about that.
I hope you've enjoyed these cards today.  You can buy any of the products used simply by clicking on the photos below, or click here for a general browse in my Stampin’ Up On-line store but remember to use the current Host code if your order is between £25 and £150 to get a FREE gift from me.

As always, thanks for popping by and remember keep it crafty.

Lynnie C

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